Private Edward James Rylands


Unit : "C" Company, 8th Parachute Battalion

Service No. : 1537347

Awards : Military Medal, Mentioned in Despatches.


Rylands was taken prisoner at Troarn on 8th June 1944 after receiving thirteen bullet wounds. His captors sent him to Beaujon Air Force Hospital in Paris. Although during the next two months he underwent two operations, on 19th August 1944 he climbed over the Hospital walls, wearing clothes given to him by a French civilian. He managed to get in touch with Free French Infantry who were fighting the Germans in that area.


Until Allied forces reached Paris on 4th September 1944, Rylands was lodged with a doctor, who continued to treat his wounds.


This man showed great determination in escaping although still suffering from his wounds.


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